Chinese Newborn Rescued From Sewer Pipe
The terrible news: A Chinese infant was flushed down a toilet. We live in a world where that can happen.
However, there’s some very good news too: The newborn was rescued from a sewage pipe and is miraculously reported to be in stable condition. So we live in a world where a little child can fight and survive that.
The baby boy was discovered when residents of a building in the coastal province of Zhejiang reported hearing cries. Firemen discovered the location of the child in the pipes beneath a commode, and carefully removed the section of pipe. Doctors then cut even more carefully and pried away the piping around the child.
Chinese media often reports on cases of child abandonment, often attributed to the country’s strict family planning laws (the One Child policy), which penalize families with multiple children. And in a society which often values sons more than daughters, this has caused some families to abandon female children. Also, as can happen anywhere, women who didn’t know they were pregnant or were hiding a pregnancy for some reason may panic when they give birth.
The rescued child is reportedly a boy, so at least one of those reasons wouldn’t apply. For all we know, this may have been a horrible crime that could have happened in any society.
Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, exploded with anger over the story, and authorities are searching for the baby’s parents.
The child has been dubbed Baby No. 59, after the incubator it is in at the hospital.
**WARNING: Graphic images and video available at The Daily Mail.**